The People vs. the State: Reflections on UN Authority, US Power and the Responsibility to Protect

Thakur, Ramesh, The People vs. the State: Reflections on UN Authority, US Power and the Responsibility to Protect, (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2011).

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  • Author Thakur, Ramesh
    Title The People vs. the State: Reflections on UN Authority, US Power and the Responsibility to Protect
    Publication Date 2011
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher UNU Press
    Pages 242 pages
    Language eng
    Abstract

    Responsibility to Protect (R2P) aims to convert international conscience into timely and decisive collective action to rescue vulnerable communities. The choice is not whether international interventions will take place but where, when, how and under whose authority. Given the nature and victims of modern armed conflict, protection of civilians and populations at risk of mass atrocities is a core United Nations imperative. But while the UN has international authority, it lacks military power. Although its military might well have unmatched global reach, the United States acting unilaterally lacks international authority. This publication argues that progress towards good international society requires that force be harnessed to authority as the R2P moves from a universally validated principle to a routinely actionable norm.

    Copyright Holder UNU
    Copyright Year 2011
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280812077
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